Coastal Inspired Living Room
My love for everything coastal wasn’t something I had originally planned on. When Chris and I found out we were moving to San Diego from the desert, I immediately pinned an entire interior design board filled with mid-century, modern boho. I had tons of camel leather, white clean walls, and black and white nordic prints. However, to my own surprise, the home decor plans quickly did a one-eighty. My entire home style would change on a dime after one quick trip to World Market where I found the most perfect, squatty sea glass vase. You guys, this silly vase stole my heart! Edited to add: I never took a professional photo of this vase. In a freak accident involving a lightweight, oversized Ikea frame and a nice breezy day, the vase shattered into a million pieces (almost onto my dog – he still has PTSD and flinches when he walks by the scene of the accident). Bye-bye perfect coastal inspired living room inspiration piece. Here is one of the very few iPhone photos I took of this vase:
Coastal… Er… Boho?
I loved this vase so much that I decided to lean toward a boho-coastal vibe with Shibori pillows, green plants, and plenty of white minimalism! Ultimately, I had to quickly jump ship on this design aesthetic. Generally speaking I love the boho look, but it takes the right girl to be able to handle that vibe. As much as I pretend to be carefree and laid back, I’m notably a major perfectionist. Boho looks best when decor pieces aren’t perfectly in their place, when pillows are eclectic combinations of mismatched prints, and rugs are layered imperfectly. Therefore, I realized I needed to create a more calm, relaxing atmosphere.
Serena and Lily Inspired Design
I’ve had a girl crush on a little company called Serena and Lily for quite some time. In fact, I name drop them as if they’re old friends of mine more than anyone should. – ha! As a matter of fact, I do not own one thing from that store — yet. But, between you (the internet) and me… we’ll see how quickly that changes when the hubs deploys and that per diem kicks in 😉 In all seriousness, some day I will have a Serena and Lily coastal inspired living room.
Until then, I will share with you all my very first in the Serena and Lily On A Budget Series! Or should I call it Serena And Lily Knock Offs? Serena and Lily Look For Less? Did I mention I’m not getting paid by Serena and Lily?(But I would love to be an affiliate so please call me, okay?) I’m seriously a huge fangirl who cannot wait to build her big-girl, quality collection someday!
Coastal Inspired Living Room
Modern Gray Sectional Sofa
I love this modern gray sectional from Macys. We decided to purchase our Rhyder Sectional in Dove Gray because of our Chocolate Labrador, Teddy, and his endless supply of dog hair. If I had it my way, I’d have an all white linen Restoration Hardware Couch in my living room. But since banning Teddy and my husband, Chris to the garage for the entire duration of owning the couch isn’t an option, we stuck with Plan B. I can’t say I’m unhappy with anything other than the fact that it’s not white. The fabric is sort of a corduroy texture and cleans easily. This is a very deep couch. My feet do not touch the ground when I sit all the way back, which makes it an excellent sofa for tons of pillows – and snugs.
Modern Coastal Coffee Table
We purchased our coastal coffee table back when I thought I would be doing a minimalist, boho, midcentury look. In retrospect, I feel like this table doesn’t fit any of the mid-century vibes I was trying to achieve – woops! I do love it’s feel for a coastal vibe, or a modern farmhouse look! I think it can go both ways depending upon how it’s styled.
Coastal Decor Elements
The pillows are all Ralph Lauren from TJ Maxx. You may not be able to find these exact pillows, so look for linen fabrics, navy and white stripes, and soft blue tones to pair together. The white tassel rug can be found on Rugs USA, but I will warn that this rug is not ideal for any high traffic areas. Ours has gotten so dirty from Teddy and #men that I am already on the hunt for something new. I layered for now with a major score coastal-inspired blue rug right out of a Serena and Lily inspiration magazine, but for a STEAL from Hobby Lobby. This rug was less than $80 for a 5×7 and it’s so lovely as a temporary fix! Eventually it will head back into my office, where I designed the entire room around this piece. More on that later…